Texas Senior Four-Ball: Ellenwood, Stark stay hot

MONTGOMERY, Texas (Sept. 21, 2011) -- Another picture perfect day welcomed the players during the second round of the 2011 Senior Four-Ball Championship which is being held at Walden on Lake Conroe. Scoring conditions were perfect as teams looked to set themselves in position to make a run at the title during tomorrow’s final round. Starting times for the Super Senior division are set to begin at 8:00AM with the Championship flight following at 9:00AM.

The team of Chuck Ellenwood and John Stark continued their spectacular play from the first round. After making a lone birdie on the front the team caught fire and birdied holes #12, #13, and #17 on their way to posting a four under par, 68. Their two-day total of eleven under par, 133, gives them a six shot lead over the second place team of Steve Cribari and Kent Samuel. Even with a bogey to start their round Cribari and Samuel quickly righted the ship on their way to a second round 69. A total of six teams find themselves under par in the Championship division heading into Thursday’s final round.

In the Super Senior division, round one leader’s Don Grider and Mike Schell struggled to maintain their magnificent play from round 1. After bookend bogeys on their opening nine the two men battled a seesaw back nine which included two birdies and two bogeys. Their second round 74 puts them in a tie with Michael Hopson and Richard Cozby at a two day total of even par 144. Hopson and Cozby were steady throughout today’s round as they carded a one under par, 71, which included two bogeys and three birdies. Two teams sit just a few strokes back of the leaders heading into tomorrow. Past champion, Howard Knowles, and his partner, Larry Walsh, find themselves one back after posting a low round of the day, 70. Two shots back is the team of Bob Engel and Robert Gray.

Format for the Championship and Super Senior Divisions is 54 holes of four-ball stroke play. Each will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in Championship Division.

In 2010 it was the powerhouse team of Jerry Hudgins and Jay Pumphrey who came from five strokes behind at the start of the day to win the State Senior Four-Ball at Cimarron Hills in Georgetown by firing a tournament low 7-under par 65 to take a two stroke victory over Wayne Smith and Ed Hindsman who finished the day at 2-under par 70 putting them at seven under for the championship. The Super Senior Division had a very exciting finish as Howard Knowles and Bert Rogers were able to fend off fellow competitors the Trophy Club pair of B.J. Shaw and Craig Carlisle by one stroke by firing an even par 72 on the day.

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ABOUT THE Texas Senior Four-Ball

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers 55 years of age or older as of the first round of tournament play. There will be three Divisions: Championship, Super Senior and Handicap. To participate in Championship Division both players must have a GHIN Handicap index of 6.4 or less. To compete in Super Senior Division both players must be 65 or older as of the first round and have a GHIN Handicap index of 8.4 or less. To participate in the Handicap Division, a player’s Handicap index must be between 6.5 and 18.4 (minimum can be waived for one player). Please reference “TGA State Policies and Procedures” for further details.

Format: The Championship and Super Senior Divisions will play 54 holes of Four Ball Stroke Play. Each will play from different tees/yardage with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on application if they wish to compete in Championship Division.

Handicap Division format is Four Ball Handicap using 90% of the Course Handicap for each player, with results based on Net Score. Handicap indexes used for the competition will come from the “Effective Revision Date” of September 12, 2008. Please Note: Course Handicaps of team members may not differ by more than eight strokes. If so, an additional 10 percent reduction will be applied to the Course Handicap of each member of the team.

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